The state of Tamaulipas voted for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico, Wednesday, October 26. There were 23 votes in favor of legalization while 12 voted against and two failed.
With the approval of the city’s Congress of Civil Rights, this marked Tamaulipas as the last state in Mexico to ratify such a union.
Mexico City was the first to lead the way in 2009. Many countries only recognized same-sex marriage before 2010, according to Reuters. It wasn’t until 2015 that the US Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ+ people should be given the same rights as their same-sex and married counterparts.
This is a big sign for Central America, considering same-sex marriage is still legal in some countries there. UTEP students consider how this affects Mexico and their community.
Biology major, Julia Castillo and Computer Science major, Oscar Navarro consider it a step in the right direction.
“I’m happy for people who can marry who they want,” Castillo said.
But for some students, it violates their beliefs. According to Clinton Chijoke, the head of Human Engineering, people are free to do what they want, but he cannot support it because he is a Christian. There was a constant backlash due to the lack of social and religious entrepreneurs supporting the project in the Central American countries.
“Everybody’s love is different and they have their own needs. So, it’s crazy that they can have such a good marriage,” Nelson said.
24 countries in Latin America have outlawed homosexuality. Consensual sex is still legal in nine countries, mostly in the Caribbean, according to the Wilson Center.
Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico protect members of the LGBTQ+ community from being harmed in their programs, according to the Wilson Center.
“Now it’s legal, so you don’t have a chance to agree, or you just walk around and mind your own business. I’m happy, I’m happy that they can do what they want, (namely) to marry the people they love,” said Nelson.
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